Vantrue N2 Pro Uber Dual Dash Cam Review
With so many insurance companies asking to install a small camera to record events on the road, it makes sense to get the best hardware.
Vantrue N2 Pro features a dual camera system that records road and driver – and includes a microphone for audio. With great day and night visual quality, this might be one of the best dash cams that might make you interested in buying it.
The front camera records good video quality during the day and at night. The video recording has a blue color that is visible even though it becomes clearer and darker.
Vantrue N2 Pro has four infrared (IR) LEDs located around the rear lens. This enables flawless video recording even when the passenger cabin is stalled. Just like the front camera, the rear camera also has a little blue, although it is less clear.
The Vantrue N2 Pro can also be used in single lens mode when the rear lens is off. The lenses can record video resolutions up to 2560x1440p at 30fps, or 1920x1080p at 60fps.
Vantrue N2 Pro in The Box
The N2 Pro from Vantrue is equipped with a data cable (Mini USB), car charging cable and car windshield holder. Both the camera and stand have a Mini USB connector. There is also a small connector on the mount to attach the camera, so that it can transfer power.
Also in the box, you will find reading material as a standard and warranty guide. Sadly, Vantrue N2 Pro is delivered without a microSD card. You need at least 16 GB, but media higher than 64 GB is not supported.
The car charger cable is very well designed. Instead of leaving the port filled with a charger, this cable has a hidden USB port. This allows you to charge or power your cellphone when using dashcam.back to menu ↑
Vantrue N2 pro capabilities
N2 Pro capable of recording road ahead at an impressive 170 degrees (using OV4689 sensors), while the interior of your car is simultaneously recorded at 140 degrees (with Sony IMX323 sensors). This is enough to record all of the majority of the occupants (passengers behind the driver, obviously not clear) – useful if you have safety problems in the car.
Initial settings, the camera records at 30 fps, but you can change settings for various possibilities. For example, you can set a cam facing 2560 x 1440p at 30fps, or leave it at 1920 x 1080p by increasing frames per second to 60fps, allowing clear number plate retrieval.
The camera can record time intervals, and videos are saved to a microSD card in a circle. This is 3 minutes per clip by default but can be set to 1 minute, 5 minutes, or disabled.
Vantrue recommends reformatting the card every two weeks. This extends the life of the microSD card, ensuring reliable recording.
The camera also has night vision capability, with a 6-glass F2.0 lens with 4 IR LED lights facing the occupants of the vehicle, and the road observes the F1.8 6-glass lens. HDR videos are used to balance night time recordings visually.
There is also a microphone, which can be deactivated if necessary. This is hardly studio quality, but it works. You can see the evening sample on the review video to find out the good quality.
Working temperature range of 32 to 158 degrees Fahrenheit (i.e. 0-70 degrees Celsius)back to menu ↑
Vantrue N2 Pro installation
N2 PRO is relatively easy to install. Start by finding the best position for the dashcam, when connected to the mount. You can then mount it to the windshield of your car.
After the dashcam is installed on the windshield, it requires constant power from the car charger.
The best solution here is to run the cable behind the fascia and trim.
For example, by pushing the cable behind the panel under the dashboard, and inserting it into the soft trim, run it around the windshield, then down the center of the glass to mount the dashcam.
After the camera is installed, you will find some possible adjustment. The mount has a hinge of 100-degree, allowing you to shoot the camera accurately. The rear camera facing the cabin can also be tilted up and down to get the best interior recording.back to menu ↑
Vantrue N2 Pro Design
In terms of design, we can claim that this model from Vantrue looks good.
Maybe design doesn’t increase the attraction in your car. However, this all-black layer complements your dashboard and matches the interior design of your vehicle.
Vantrue N2 Pro Uber is equipped with a small 1.5 inch TFT screen. Videos can be played on the screen on TV or a laptop.back to menu ↑
Leveraging Parking Mode
In addition to capturing your trip in the afternoon or evening, Vantrue N2 Pro will record in-video activities around your vehicle when parked.
Note that parking mode is not available by default. You must activate it on the menu. Also, in the menu you can adjust movement sensitivity.
Once active, the parking mode uses several motion sensors to detect any activity around your car. Nearby violent incidents or thieves who commit damage or theft will be recorded.
The start of recording is also triggered by a shock wave from an explosion or another car that crashes into your vehicle.
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Using Vantrue N2 PRO
Maybe the best thing about this dashcam is how it runs easily. After connecting to the car battery, N2 PRO will live on and off safely with the ignition key (don’t forget to buy the hardware kit). All you need to do is remember to check the recording when needed. This makes using dashcam easy.
The firmware (UI) user interface, for example, is fully functional. With Video Settings, System Settings, GPS Settings and the File menu, any changes you need to make in a dashing way can be done with six hardware buttons.
These are the power button, left / backward and right/front, M menu button, OK button and two-way event/parking button.
This UI navigation is simple, allowing you to edit features such as language, date and time, etc. GPS installation is also available for N2 Pro as an optional update, allowing data such as your location and speed to be recorded and saved to video as text.
When you drive, a 1.5-inch TFT LCD screen will turn off automatically after the first minute. After all, you have enough interference! This feature can be activated on the System Settings screen.
Standard drives may be completely event, free, but if an incident occurs, tapping the Event / Parking button will ensure the current clip is permanently stored, not overwritten when the disk is full.
Useful, customizable G-Sensor settings will automatically archive incidents involving harsh collisions or maneuvers. These videos will be found in the Events directory in a dashcam.back to menu ↑
Checking Your Recordings
There are four options offered by Vantrue N2 Pro for viewing recordings:
- The first is simple: on the device, press M, navigate to File, select the desired submenu (Event, Normal, Photo, or All), click OK on the video you want to see. Maybe a 1.5-inch screen limits you to watching videos.
- Second – you can connect a Mini HDMI cable (not included) from N2 Pro to your TV. However, you still have to use the device button to select the video to be viewed.
- The third option is to connect the dashcam to your computer via the included Mini USB cable. The Dashcam will detect the connection when it is turned on and asks if you want to connect it as a mass storage device.
Approve this allows you to browse and view the contents of a microSD card from your Windows or MacOS PC.
- The last way, you can remove the microSD card and insert it into your computer’s card reader.
Whatever options you choose, remember that if you use the default option – with the front and rear cameras – then two videos will be recorded.
Everything you do, wherever you go, will be recorded twice, one video records the road, the other is the inside of your vehicle.
As expected from HD video, the recording quality is awe-inspiring. With super HD and night vision options also available, you will have no problem identifying details of important events in the event of an accident.back to menu ↑
- One of the special features pinned to N2 pro is the date and time stamp. Every part of the recording gets a specific date & time stamp. If you need recording in court as evidence, this feature can be a savior.
- Another great feature of N2 is the Timelapse. This allows the device to take photos at specified intervals and then edit them to make collages. This feature can be used to record changes, movements, or events that occur over a long period.
- Another important feature is that you have the option to turn off the LCD after recording starts. This protects you from interference made by rectangles that glow on your windshield.
- The Dashcam is also equipped with ABS and PC housing. This can hold more cold and heat with a working temperature of -4 to 158 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Still Photo and Time-lapse
In addition to standard and night video modes, the Vantrue dashcam offers several additional photography options. This may be useful in certain situations.
There are simple photos. N2 Pro will take static shots when the Event / Parking button is pressed sharply. The 16 MP photos generated will be saved to the appropriate directory.
This standard photography mode is a time-lapse mode. This can be activated the Time Lapse menu in the Record Setup screen and has a 1 second, 5 second, or 10-second delay option between captures.
The sample below is a video for the time-lapse demo
If you might want to record long trips in short video files specifically, there are some situations where the time interval is quite useful, which is why it needs to be activated manually every time.
Another sample video day time video front camera
The video quality during the day can be said to be good. Number plates can be read when close, or when stopping at a traffic light. However, video recordings have a bluish color, especially when it’s getting darker outside.
And below as sample day time rear video
The quality of the video (interior) during the daytime is very good. The passenger cabin is very clear. You can also see what’s happening behind and to the side of your car
Sample video night time front camera
The quality of the front video at night can be said to be okay, but a little blur, although it’s easy to watch that happening
Night time sample video rear camera
A rear camera video interior is very good at night. The infrared light of the camera illuminates the passenger cabin without really disturbing the passengers.
|Model||OnDash N2 Pro|
|Sensor||Front Cam Sensor: OV4689|
Rear Cam Sensor: Sony IMX323
|Display||1.5 inches TFT LCD monitor (4:3)|
|Lens||Front: 170 degrees wide viewing angle and full 6 layer glass lens with a wide aperture of F/2.0.|
Rear: 140 degrees wide viewing angle and full 6 layer glass lens with a wide aperture of F/2.0.
|Video||H.264 compressed format;|
Dual mode: 1920X1080P+1920X1080P; 1280x720P+1280x720P
Single Front Cam mode: 2560X1440P30
|Audio||Built-in microphone and speaker|
|Memorizer||Internal memory: 4M|
External: SDHC (8-256GB, micro SD card of Class 10, FAT32)
|USB Port||USB2.0, mini|
|Battery||250mAh 3.7V Polymer Li-ion battery|
|Working Temp.||32 – 158 deg. Fahrenheit, 0-70 deg. Celsius|
|Storage Temp.||14 – 176 deg. Fahrenheit, -10 – 80 deg. Celsius|
|PC Operation System||Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 10/Mac|
Vantrue N2 Pro Uber is one of the most elegant and luxurious dashboard camera sold out there. And the best in terms of quality at night. This camera is perfect for taxi drivers or car owners who want to feel safe behind the wheel and need to have a good vision behind the car.
- Both front and rear cameras are fitted with 1080p resolution
- Has the ability to save files quickly without erasing data
- 1440p camera in the front when the rear camera is turned off
- Powered by a lithium-ion battery, which may dissipate quicker than alternative chargers
- Screws on the mount may rust or strip if adjusted